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  • Family Fitness and Safety Day is Saturday

    The Marion County Fitness and Nutrition Coalition will host its 6th Annual Family Fitness and Safety Day from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at Graham Memorial Park. The free event is open to all children in grades Pre K-6 and their families.

  • Council approves tax rates for 2012

    The Lebanon City Council voted Monday to approve the second reading of an ordinance setting its tax rates for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    The real property tax rate is 18.4 cents per $100 valuation. This is an increase over the previous rate of 18 cents per $100 valuation.

    The city's personal property tax rate is 20 cents per $100 valuation.

    The new tax rates will become official once they are published.

    In other business:

  • Couponing 101 teaches ways to clip and save

    A clip here and a snip there can pay off in the long run. Just ask Susan Lee of Lebanon.

    Lee said she has been clipping coupons for about 40 years, starting when she was a stay-at-home mom living in Lexington.

    She said she has never been an extreme couponer, but she estimated that she saved more than $1,000 a year (on the low end) when she was raising her children.

    "The people that stockpile can save a whole lot more than that," she added.

  • County receives CMRS grant for E-911

    The Kentucky Commercial Mobile Radio Services and Emergency Telecommunications Board has approved a $125,000 grant request by the Marion County Fiscal Court to help implement enhanced 911.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said he was informed Thursday that the county's application had been approved.

    "They approved the $125,000 grant, but it will be broken up into two phases," Mattingly said.

  • Magisterial districts may be changing

    The Marion County Fiscal Court and Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding met Friday morning with representatives from the Lincoln Trail Area Development District to review proposed changes to the county's magisterial districts.

    On Aug. 18, the county's reapportionment committee presented its recommended changes to the fiscal court. The magistrates had 60 days from that presentation to either approve the committee's recommendation or revise it.

  • Men from New Hope, Gravel Switch plead guilty to rape

    Pascal "Pat" Jones, 51, of 130 Willow Springs, New Hope, pled guilty to one count of first-degree rape. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 27.

    The remaining 111 charges against Jones were dismissed. The dismissed charges were two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy, 43 counts of first-degree sex abuse, 21 counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under 16, 40 counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under 18, and two counts of intimidating a witness in a legal process.

  • Restoration begins on Penn's Store; Outhouse Blowout returns

    By Ben Kleppinger

    The Advocate-Messenger

    The rains came down, literally and figuratively, in 2010 for historic Penn's Store, but 2011 is proving to be a rebuilding kind of year.

  • Louisville man arrested for rape

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office arrested Christopher A. Sutherland, 21, of Louisville Thursday, Sept. 8, and charged him with 10 counts of third-degree rape, 10 counts of third-degree sodomy and 10 counts of first-degree sex abuse.

    According to the sheriff's office, Sutherland's arrest resulted from an investigation in which he was identified as having sexual intercourse, sexual contact and deviate sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16 on at least 10 occasions.

  • Blackberry jam

    Chris Hamilton has moved on to a new job as the director of the Aurora Area Convention Commission, but he's remained involved with the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission. And his continued involvement has become a point of disagreement among commissioners.

    Dan Lawson, tourist commission chairman, said he asked Hamilton to help with the commission's ongoing projects until his replacement is hired.

    "I said we need to stay in contact," Lawson said.

  • Lawmakers who searched for missing Marion County man seek answers

    By Valarie Honeycutt Spears

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Republican State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills, a Democrat, say they would consider new legislation to improve Kentucky's personal care homes after both personally searched for a state ward with a brain injury who was found dead Saturday, Sept. 3 - a month after disappearing from such a home.

    "It had a profound effect on me. I've never experienced anything like that," Higdon said.